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”CNN and its subsequent networks reach millions of viewers around the world. This is adequate coverage that CNN Traveller has granted destination Kenya,” said Hersi, who is also Pollmans Tours Safaris operations director.
”This is encouraging news coming from a reputable media organization at a time when Kenyan tourism is improving,” he said.
”…black-and-white colobus monkeys swing through the trees and scamper over the roofs of the seaside villas. The skydivers and kite surfers hover high above the strand. If you are up early enough, [you will experience] the incredible sunrises over the Indian Ocean,” the CNN Traveller report says.
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CNN Traveller further says astride the equator on roughly the same latitude as the Seychelles and Maldives, Bali and northern Brazil, Kenya enjoys the same geographical conditions as some of the world’s top sun, sea and sand destinations.
”Once upon a time, there wasn’t much in the way of beachside hotels beyond Mombasa and Malindi. Nowadays, however, there’s accommodation at every level, from backpacker hostels to chic boutique properties.”
The northeast shore is deserted, except for the exotic Lamu Island and a few hideaways around Mambrui.
CNN Traveller says Diani makes it easy to combine surf with safari at the nearby Shimba Hills National Reserve and Mwaluganje Elephant Sanctuary, both little over an hour away. It’s also an adventure sports hub, renowned for kitesurfing, skydiving and deep-sea fishing.
The Sands at Chale Island is Kenya’s only private island resort, floating less than the length of a soccer field off the mainland, but feels like it’s a million miles away.
Surrounded by coral reefs and covered in thick tropical vegetation, the island has one main beach. It also has several small secluded strands where your footsteps will most likely be the only ones in the sand, except for amphibian fins. Chale is a nesting place for several species of endangered sea turtles.
Beach bumming is the main activity, but the resort can also arrange snorkeling or scuba diving in Kisite-Mpunguti Marine National Park, kayaking in the nearby mangroves, catamaran sailing, deep-sea fishing and excursions up the coast to Diani Beach.
Shela Beach on the island’s windward side is long, soft and entirely undeveloped. And because there’s no barrier reef, this is one of the few places along the Kenya coastline where you can hang 10 on fairly surfable waves.